Tag Archives: Georgia State Parks

Pine Log Creek Trail

A nice 5 mile double-loop walk through the woods north of Lake Allatoona in the northeast Georgia mountains. The trail begins East of Rydal in Bartow County. The information sign at the trail head says the area is filled with history: The trail head was apparently once the location of a massive Cherokee town that was home to numerous Cherokee chieftains and was visited by Spanish explorer De Soto in 1570.

The payoff is a beautiful, crystal-clear quarry lake. It’s an oddly small quarry (and not very deep) but it is built into the side of a mountain and offers great views and rock climbing.

Red Top Mountain

Beautiful 70 degree January day in Georgia. Great opportunity to get out. This is a lovely 5.5 mile hike around Red Top Mountain looking down at Allatoona Lake and the Etowah River. Highly enjoyable, though we weren’t the only ones with the idea so the trail (and the car park) were rather crowded.

If your imagination is good enough, you could almost talk yourself into believing this rocky shoreline was the wonderful Maine coast and not north Georgia. Of course this was also a lot closer.